The Fernando Torres transfer saga is expected to go to the wire but will end with him as a Chelsea player, according to reports in this morning’s British press.
The unanimous verdict is that Torres has played his last game for Liverpool and will complete a move to Chelsea before the transfer window closes at 11pm this evening.
Liverpool though are demanding a deal worth £50m in order for the London side to prize away the star striker – who handed in a transfer request in order to force through the move.
“Chelsea are prepared to meet Liverpool’s £50m valuation of Fernando Torres before the transfer window closes at 11pm” report The Independent.
“Chelsea are planning to make a £45 million cash offer for Fernando Torres” according to The Telegraph.
“Chelsea are willing to pay cash to bring Torres to Stamford Bridge in what would be a record between two British clubs” say The Guardian.
Some reports suggest Kenny Dalglish hopes to get Nicolas Anelka as part of the deal, not least because the Frenchman would be eligible for the Europa League, a competition Liverpool are keen to win this season in order to guarantee European football next season and win a trophy under their new owners. Anelka’s reluctance or desire to return to Anfield could yet be a key part of the final outcome in the saga.
Torres trained alone at Melwood on Sunday afternoon in what was an agreement made before the transfer saga began after he had been given 2 days off to spend time at home in Spain. The rest of the LFC squad though practiced in the morning, and according to The Daily Mail the feeling among some Liverpool players is that if Torres does not want to be at the club then he should be allowed to leave.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will complete the signing of Luis Suarez for £22.8m after the Uruguayan frontman completed a medical and agreed personal terms over the weekend. He could be joined by Charlie Adam and Ashley Young after Liverpool made further enquiries over both on Sunday and are expected to place bids today.
It promises to be one heck of a transfer deadline day, we’ll have a live blog running throughout the day, starting around 9am UK time.
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